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to Walkabout Farm Therapeutic Riding Association Inc, located just off
of Highway 35 at 1105 Spring Valley Road in Minden Hills, Ontario. We
the heart of the Haliburton Highlands, conveniently located close to
downtown Minden. Visits are by appointment only.
Walkabout Farm is pleased to offer therapeutic riding, youth outreach and horsemanship programs for children and adults with unique considerations, mental health concerns and those who are abled differently. Achieving confidence, positive leadership qualities, enriched physical and mental health, all by way of an individualized riding program, volunteerism or work placement. One advantage of using horses as emotional support animals, is the participants bond they establish with their equine partner, creating an environment of respect, teamwork and trust. These key elements horses teach us become tools we can use for circumnavigating social situations and demonstrating positive peer interactions.
WFTRA Highlights:"Equine therapeutic support promoting the physical, neurological and emotional well-being of all by way of human / animal interactions"
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Thanks to our supporters, a $10,000 youth initiative accessibility government grant and Wilbee Construction who generously donated a portion of their labour, our 2020 accessibility project is complete! We now have a smooth surface and shelter to enjoy as our participants work hands on with our horses in a yearlong safe space.
In light of the increase of families who've chosen to homeschool this year, Lacey Piper of Wild Hearts Recovery and Walkabout have partnered once again to offer unique opportunities for fall / winter / spring programs for children and their caregivers. Sessions will be 1.5 - 3 hours with emphasis on physical fitness, therapeutic riding / horsemanship, equine assisted learning, outdoor education and art therapy. Groups of six children maximum within the same social circle. The cost is $50 per family per hour.
Covid-19 has affected all of us in the not for profit sector. As such, we are fundraising for winter hay with a cost of $8,500 expected. We've had to cancel all of our group events that would have covered that needed expense. Any assistance is deeply appreciated. Donation details are here.
Mentoring and developmental leadership skills are a part of our youth outreach philosophy. We are champions for youth who are willing to offer their time in exchange for mandatory volunteer hours. Some of these kids may have challenges surrounding developmental delays, anxiety, self worth and mental illness - making programs at Walkabout an essential service. We'd like to thank the Aston Family Foundation for sponsoring these valuable youth initiatives.
We are excited to announce that Wild Hearts Recovery and Walkabout Farm have teamed up to offer some fun NEW programming options including large group / small group equine, nature and art based therapies. There will be a cost per person to attend these new programs and events.
Sweet sixteen surprise: Meet "Sweet Pea", a 7 year old 29" miniature therapy horse who has joined our Walkabout Farm family. Sweet Pea will be making nursing home, hospital and school visits in and around Haliburton County. She's adorable, gentle and very true to her name.
Click to download an MP3 file of a radio interview done by Cathy Mac of CanoeFM with Jennifer Semach of Walkabout Farm from March 11, 2020.
- Jennifer Semach, owner and operator